Asthma and Food Allergies

By

Chris Iliades, MD

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Asthma

Asthma and food allergies are both common conditions. Some people have both.

With asthma, the airways become narrow. This makes it hard to breathe. The most common type of asthma is allergic asthma when an allergic reaction sets off asthma symptoms.  Common asthma symptoms include coughing, wheezing, and tightness in your chest.

A food allergy is an allergic reaction to a protein in a food. A food allergy reaction can cause nausea, vomiting, hives, rash, and sometimes asthma. Although a food allergy can trigger an asthma attack, food allergies are not common asthma triggers.

Anaphylaxis can be frightening, but being prepared will help you feel empowered to prevent a dangerous allergic reaction. Do you know all the facts?

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Nov 6, 2015

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